The Washington Redskins have announced that punt returner
Richard Crawford is done for the season after suffering a significant left knee
injury, according to NFL.com.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that
Crawford injured at least one, and potentially two, ligaments in his knee while
returning a punt in the first quarter of last night’s win over the Buffalo
Here is Dr. Ray Solano’s take on the injury and how long
Crawford could be sidelined as a result:
"Richard Crawford suffered an injury to his left
lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Here's what we know so far. Trainers and
doctors have evaluated him and diagnosed an LCL tear with possible damage to
his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Anytime there is suspicion of ACL damage,
this leads me to believe the tear to the LCL is a grade 3, the most severe of
its kind, which requires surgery to repair.
Immediate findings on this type of injury can include considerable pain and
tenderness at the inner side of the knee, some swelling, and marked joint
instability. The knee opens up slightly less than half an inch when moved. A
grade 3 LCL tear means the ligament is completely torn.
In the event where the ACL is not damaged, it can take up to 3 months to heal
after surgery. If the ACL has been compromised, the surgery to repair is more
extensive and can put Crawford out 6-8 months. Either way, unfortunately his
2013 season is over."
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